Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao vows to fight 'until the end'
Radamel Falcao insists he has not lost his desire to succeed at Manchester United despite being increasingly sidelined by boss Louis van Gaal.
Falcao has not started for United since the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month, and has scored just four goals in 22 appearances.
Colombia boss Jose Pekerman has described Falcao's lack of confidence as "a huge problem," and there now appears no chance of United opting to make his loan move from Monaco permanent at the end of the season.
But in quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News from an interview with Colombian radio station Radio Caracol, Falcao said: "I just need to play. I can't let myself get worried -- I need to be prepared to take the opportunity when it comes.
"I am happy at the club and with how the fans and my teammates have treated me. I will keep fighting until the end at Manchester United."
He said he had now overcome the ACL injury he suffered last year and stressed that regular game time was the only thing he is lacking.
On Van Gaal, he added: "He has to make decisions in the same way any other coach does, and whether or not they're favourable to me I just try to do my job professionally at all times.
"My personal relationship with him is difficult to sum up -- every coach has a different way of handling a group of players and they are to do with 'culturas' [cultural differences or approaches to the game], different ways of thinking and different philosophies. I have a completely normal relationship with him."
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Falcao is currently on international duty, preparing for his country's friendly games in Bahrain and Kuwait, and the 29-year-old appeared to acknowledge that he would need certain assurances in the increasingly unlikely event that United move to extend his Old Trafford stay.
"When the championship finishes, of course I will sit down, analyse things and decide what is best for me," he added. "Obviously I need to find a place where I have continuity and where I can play.
"I am totally focused on the club. There are eight games left and anything can happen."